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The Oscars…Story by Bill Morton

It seems every year there are all these new movies that are nominated for Oscars. These movies are creative, unique and beautifully shot and acted, but yet… most movies that win best picture sort of get stuck in the muck of lost film history, getting confused and morphed into another movie of the similar genre, or better yet gets forgotten altogether. Look at the last seven best

The Oscars 2017. Photo by Connor Cable, The Odyssey
The Oscars 2017. Photo by Connor Cable, The Odyssey

picture winners: The Hurt Locker (2010) war drama, The King’s Speech (2011) historical drama, The Artist (2012) black and white drama, Argo (2013) historical drama, 12 Years a Slave (2014) historical drama, Birdman (2015) drama and last year’s Spotlight (2016) historical drama. As you can see from just these last seven best picture winners, four of them are historical dramas. Historical dramas seem to be the most legit among the best picture winners.

This year’s Nominees are pretty interesting, and they seem to consist of a lot of oddballs. A lot of random movies it seems no one have seen. The nominees for best picture are Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight. A survey of 35 students’ opinions was made on who they think will win Best Picture for this year, and the results will not surprise you.

Arrival: 4

Fences: 3

Hacksaw Ridge: 5

Hell or High Water: 0

Hidden Figures: 3

La La Land: 10

Lion: 4

Manchester by the Sea: 1

Moonlight: 5

They were also asked what their predictions for Best Actor and Actress will be. These are the results.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea: 0

All the best picture nominees for the Oscars, 2017. Photo by THR Staff, the Hollywood reporter.
All the best picture nominees for the Oscars, 2017. Photo by THR Staff, the Hollywood reporter.

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge: 8

Ryan Gosling, La La Land: 14

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic: 5

Denzel Washington, Fences: 8

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle: 3

Ruth Negga, Loving: 5

Natalie Portman, Jackie: 6

Emma Stone, La La Land: 16

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins: 5

So obviously everyone thinks that La La Land will dominate the Oscars this year, as it’s been nominated 12 times, and they’re right… for some of them. Sure, Emma Stone has it in the bag, along with best soundtrack as well as best song and best director (Damien Chazelle), but let’s look at best actor. Ryan Gosling was not considered by anyone the best performance in that movie, Emma Stone was. How to easily find this one out would be to look at the guilds and trust their decisions. That means the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America. They consist to be the most accurate when it comes to searching for who will win best actor, best actress and best director. Not only those, but the most trusted awards show to follow are the Golden Globes. Though it isn’t taken as seriously as the Oscars due to most of the guests getting hammered (drunk) by the end of the show. It seems that in the past 20 years the Golden Globes have predicted best actor correctly 70%, which a very reasonable rate it is, but the award for best actress is more probable, as they’ve predicted best actress 90% the same as the Oscars. So when it comes to deciding for best actor and best actress, stick with the Golden Globe’s choice. The only problem is… the Golden Globes split their actors and actresses into two categories; best actor/actress in a drama AND best actor/actress in a comedy or musical. That really makes things more difficult to predict, but that doesn’t have to mean it’s a 50/50 choice. This year’s winners for the Golden Globes best actors were Casey Affleck (who none of the students voted for, let alone knew) and Ryan Gosling (who mostly every student knew and voted for). We all know that Emma Stone has this one in the bag, so let’s focus on best actor. Most people think that Ryan Gosling will win, but here’s why Casey Affleck will win best actor. There is a moment in between January 25th and January 30th (around the time when the judges vote for the Oscars) in Google Trends when Casey Affleck jumps up to the number one spot, only for five days, then goes back down to number three. Why bring that up as a reason? Not only that Casey Affleck won the Golden Globes best actor, but that last year, in the 2016 Oscars a little movie called Spotlight raised in search trends at that exact time, or close to, then went all the way back down, and you know what happened? Spotlight won for best picture that year, which no one expected, except for those people keeping close attention to the search trends, and realizing that everyone was interested in that topic at that time. That is why Casey Affleck will win over Ryan Gosling at this year’s Oscars, because he actually was the best performance in the movie and that Ryan Gosling was not the best performance in La La Land.

Super Bowl LI Predictions by Bill Morton

Super Bowl 51 was this last Sunday, February 5th and was televised at 3:30pm of FOX. Lady Gaga performed at this year’s halftime show. The question everyone was thinking about was who will be the MVP? Who will get the 2k17 crown? Well, looking back at several websites and their predictions, here were their odds.

Quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. Photo by Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
Quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. Photo by Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Looking at the Super Bowl Nation’s NFL Experts, they predicted that the Atlanta Falcons will win the game. With a 5-4 pick, the Falcons were considered by the experts to win their first Super Bowl. Those same experts also didn’t predict the Patriots to get that far in the season, let alone go to the Super Bowl. Looking at their past, the Falcons and Patriots had a hauntingly disappointing score for the Falcons, with a loss of 0-4, but what really made them the most considered was both Matt Ryan and their new Defense Coordinator they got for the season, alongside their somewhat new head coach, Dan Quinn. Matt Ryan had a very good run the past season, having considered an MVP of the season, with his highest of a 750-yard toss and five non-intercepted touchdowns.

USA Today asked 6 of their NFL Sports’ Staff what their predictions were for the game, and four of them chose Patriots while the other two chose Falcons. All the people that chose Patriots unanimously chose #12 Quarterback Tom Brady as the MVP, while #2 Quarterback, Matt Ryan, was only chosen as the MVP for one of the two votes for who’d win, with the other being #24 running back Devonta Freeman. Everyone’s main argument for the Patriots was by the numbers, and their wins. The Patriots has appeared in 7 times (not including 2017) and has won four times. The Falcons (again, 2017 not included) only went to the Super Bowl one time in January 17th, 1999, and lost to the Denver Broncos 34-19.

Well, the National NFL Experts’ “Predictions” didn’t turn out as well as they originally predicted. The New England Patriots won the 51st Super Bowl, with one of the most outstanding comebacks in Super Bowl History, even NFL History, that it’s crazy. The game in general made history, as this’s now the New England Patriot’s 5th Super Bowl win, and Tom Brady’s Fifth win as Quarterback and Coach Belichick’s 5th win as well, making them the ultimate Quarterback-Coach combo.

New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons, a defining picture of the 51st Super Bowl as a whole. Photo by Ed King, NFL.
New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons, a defining picture of the 51st Super Bowl as a whole. Photo by Ed King, NFL.

By the end of the first half, the Falcons were in the lead with a prominent 21-3, looking as if the Patriots were not in the lead, but whatever sentient being Tom Brady was praying to sure must’ve been the support, as the second half, the Patriots gained all the way up to the Falcons, having been tied right at the end of the 4th quarter. After that, the game went into its very first overtime in Super Bowl history. Many fans on both teams were shocked by the outcome, almost accepting the fact that the Atlanta Falcons had this one in the bag. Matt Ryan was made the MVP of the season, while Tom Brady was made MVP of the game, though being sacked 4 times.

The Nation Reacts to the Inauguration of Donald Trump…Stories by Audrey Moore and Jada Giddings

Berkly Riots…Story by Jada Giddings

Last week, the Alliance for Global Justice was paid fifty grand from George Soros to fund “Rufuse Fascism” to get a group of conservatives and libertarian speakers to cease their speeches; of course, they were already funded by $2.2 million. That week, a gay libertarian speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos, spoke in Berkeley. The riot outside, the people calling themselves “Anti-Fascists,” started fires, smashed windows as well as ATM machines, looted stores in the shopping district area, destroyed cars, assaulted Milo’s fans of both gender, and accused his fans of being “Nazis.” Only one of the

A set of rioters calling Milo’s fans Nazis. Photo by Chriss W. Street.
A set of rioters calling Milo’s fans Nazis. Photo by Chriss W. Street.

participants of the riot was arrested while many policemen and women refused to intervene with the act.

Online, the Alliance of Global Justice posted on Twitter many hate comments against Milo and his fans, still accusing him and them of being Nazis, homophobic, as well as a great amount of inappropriate hateful names. A minority of celebrities did the same, yet took down the posts as did the Alliance of Global Justice. When the riot was coming to an end, Milo and his staff came back to a trashed tour bus with

A group of rioters burning cars and protesting against Milo. Photo by Charlie Nash.
A group of rioters burning cars and protesting against Milo. Photo by Charlie Nash.

many of the staff’s belongings stolen by the rioters. Milo and his staff had to then leave early from the premises because of their location being leaked online, leading to the riot outbreaking more so. A week after, four of whom were participating in the riot were arrested for vandalizing Milo’s vehicle and stealing his staff’s belongings.

 

 

Woman’s March…Story by Audrey Moore

Hundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington as a sort of “counter-inauguration” after president Trump took office on January 20th, starting at 10:00 AM and ending at 5:00 PM. They were joined by crowds in cities across the country. In Chicago, the amount of people quickly outgrew the estimated amount of participants, and for safety reasons had to be canceled.  In

The famed gender female symnol
The famed gender female symbol Photo by Google

Manhattan, a sea of pink hats had formed, in Downtown Los Angeles, even before the gathered crowd marched it had taken up a quarter mile deep on several streets. In Boston, the numbers had grown to 175,000. Most men and women sporting “pink pussy hats” by wearing hats with cat ears.

“A separate group of about 30 Trump supporters held a rally in Sydney. The police restrained some of them, blocking them from entering the same area as the Trump protest group.”(-CNNpoliticts.)

The idea of the women’s march was started on Facebook by Teresa Shook, a retired attorney, and grandmother of four from Hawaii. She suggested the march on the night of the inauguration, and by the time she went to bed had 40 R.S.V.PS to march. The march performed the day after president Trump’s inauguration on January 21st.  Officials who organized the marches said that there were 600 marches that happen around the world.

The most popular speeches at the march were that of Ashely Judd, and Madonna. Madonna claiming to think a lot about “blowing up the white house” and Judd going on in her speech “I am a Nasty Woman” about how Trump is incestuous and a pedophile stating that “I am not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol. Like your wet dreams infused with your own genes” and that Trump is the new Hitler, as she can “feel Hitler on these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee.” “Electric convulsion therapy the new gas chambers.”

“We want to ensure that this country knows women are not happy,” co-founder Tamika Mallory said. “And when we get angry, change happens. We make things happen.” “This effort is not anti-Trump,”

A woman sportin an american flag hijab. Photo by Google
A woman sporting an American flag hijab. Photo by Google

Mallory said. “This is pro-women. This is a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time. In this moment, we are connecting and being as loud as possible.”
Following the march, the organizers have moved on to protest the acts that Trump has established on the first hundred days of his presidency.

 

Trade and Trump…Story by Isaac Solly

On January 24th, the president officially pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, ending the ongoing efforts dating back to 2010. TPP aimed to free up tariffs and trade barriers between fourteen Pacific countries, the wealth of which added up to 40% of the world’s GDP. The deal was spearheaded by Obama’s administration, but over the campaign trail Trump rallied against it, citing globalism as a threat to American jobs.

The world’s response has been quick—in a recent Davos conference China’s President Xi Jinping attended and acted as a leader in free trade, stating, “No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war.” Jinping went on to explain how the US abandoned its role as a leader in capitalism, and as such, China was forced into this position.

In fact, an intended effect of TPP was to isolate China economically

Global Trade...The TPP proposed members included Pacific nations, with the noticeable exception of China. Photo by obiter-dicta.ca
Global Trade…The TPP proposed members included Pacific nations, with the noticeable exception of China. Photo by obiter-dicta.ca

from their neighbors. With the collapse of the deal, the reverse is quite possible—Australia cited possible deals with China, and New Zealand still hopes for a deal without US involvement. General diplomacy with the region has not been positive anyway, with a hostile phone call between the Australian Prime Minister and President Trump, and the development of Chinese encroachment on the South China Sea.

The president seems more than willing to use trade as a tool with which to negotiate, as seen with threats of an import tax on Mexican goods based on Mexican retaliation over the proposed wall, raising the possibility of a 20% tariff. This would contradict NAFTA, another

Capitalist China...President Xi Jinping of China speaks at the Davos conference on globalism and free trade. Photo by: www.weforum.org, Valeriano Di Domenico
Capitalist China…President Xi Jinping of China speaks at the Davos conference on globalism and free trade. Photo by: www.weforum.org, Valeriano Di Domenico

trade agreement including Canada, the US, and Mexico. NAFTA was the source of many campaign attacks from President Trump, despite evidence showing negligible economic impact on American workers.

Another example of dealing over trade was seen last week, with the British Prime Minister May’s visit to the US. In the press conference both leaders stressed

the “$1 trillion invested in each other’s economies” and “future economic cooperation and trade.” The meeting set a different tone to a traditionally protectionist President Trump, and shared optimistic views on the speed of such a deal. However, with Britain leaving the European Union’s trade zone and America pulling out of other such agreements, the two countries are likely to embrace bilateral trade.

President Trump’s official website calls for “tough and fair agreements” and does not hold back from threatening US withdrawal on deals such as NAFTA. However, most of the claims are vague and do not inform much—for example, the page says that negotiators will be the “toughest and smartest” yet doesn’t give any names or direct policy. Based on this aggressive approach, it is likely that the President will look for strategies as if they were being directed by a business. Whether this approach will reap benefits is yet to be seen.

Rogue One Success and Failures; FBCHS Students Call It with Harrison Hertzberg

FBCHS Students Leah Roth & Ty Olsen discuss Rogue One with Harrison
Rebels… FBCHS Students Leah Roth & Ty Olsen discuss Rogue One with Harrison Photo by

The Bird Eye News with Harrison Hertzberg allows students to share their views of the last Star Wars movie Rogue One.

Here is a bonus comedy sketch, concerning the conspiracy theory that Jar Jar Binks is actually a Sith lord.

 

 

Trump Change: The Future of Environmental Research under President Trump…Story by Mack Jastle

Well, no one ever said transitions went off without a hitch. Changing entire teams of people and appointing new heads to different agencies tends to be a bit complicated, and sometimes things get changed around.

However, asking the Environmental Protective Agency to remove the page for climate change from its website is a big change (pun intended), with far-reaching implications.

That’s allegedly what the Trump administration told the EPA to do on Tuesday, January 24, or so allegations say. Employees of the agency were notified by EPA officials that the administration had requested the communications team at the agency to delete the climate change page from the official EPA website.

This move isn’t exactly unexpected; it’s just the next step by the Trump administration to eliminate the climate change initiatives put into place by the previous President, Barack Obama.

The sources from inside the agency asked to remain anonymous, not wanting to risk retribution from the administration for breaking a gag order put in place during the transition. Since then, the page itself has stayed more or less intact, seemingly contradicting reports.

In addition to the purported editing of the website, a statement given by Doug Erickson, a spokesman for the transition team, stated

Blackout…Amid speculation of budget cuts and censorship, the Trump Administration ordered a media blackout at the EPA, suspending its ability to grant new contracts or grants. Photo by Environmental Protective Agency
Blackout…Amid speculation of budget cuts and censorship, the Trump Administration ordered a media blackout at the EPA, suspending its ability to grant new contracts or grants. Photo by Environmental Protective Agency

that EPA scientists will likely have their work reviewed on a “case-by-case” basis before they are allowed to publish or present their findings. If such a system were to be enacted within the agency, it would directly contradict the scientific integrity policy put into place to prevent censorship and misuse of EPA findings.

The administration responded to the claims on Wednesday, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer stating: “No, there is nothing that has come from the White House. Absolutely, not.” This was in response to a question asking if the administration had sent out a mandate stopping the discussion of climate change.

President Trump has expressed doubts about the reality of climate change in the past, and previously called it a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to make US manufacturing non-competitive in a tweet back in 2012. He has since been more open to the idea, but has made it clear that companies and businesses’ interests come first. The removal of any and all reference to climate change on the official White House website when Donald Trump took office seems to be in keeping with his stance. President Trump has stated in the past that he will pull America out of the historic Paris agreement reached by

New Life…Trump revitalized the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines on Wednesday, January 25, signing executive orders to help along their construction and promising to get Americans to work building them. Photo by NPR StateImpact
New Life…Trump revitalized the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines on Wednesday, January 25, signing executive orders to help along their construction and promising to get Americans to work building them. Photo by NPR StateImpact

the United Nations in November last year. The agreement seeks to “undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.” Its goal is to limit warming of the atmosphere to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Signed by more than a hundred countries, included massive carbon polluters like the US and China, the agreement would essentially require the world to become ‘carbon-neutral,’ (abandoning fossil fuels), by mid-century or earlier.

The US leaving the agreement could inspire other countries to do the same, and could have serious impacts on the effectiveness of the agreement moving forward.

Trump has since backed off a little, stating that he has an “open mind” towards the agreement and that he is “watching it very closely.”

Meanwhile, the battle to confirm President Trump’s proposed head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, continues. Pruitt has been opposed to the EPA in the past, siding with business and fossil fuel companies in several cases. In his role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, he has either led or aided in 14 separate lawsuits against the Environmental Protective Agency. He has faced heavy opposition from many on the left and even a few on the right.

After a second day of Democratic senators boycotting the confirmation vote, Republicans suspended committee rules to push Pruitt’s confirmation through. Democrats point to his anti-regulation stance and concern that he did not adequately answer questions sent to him after his confirmation hearing. One such offense is apparent when he declined to say if he would excuse himself from ongoing cases against the EPA if he is confirmed as its new leader.

Opponents call attention to his substantial ties and financial support from the oil and gas industry, and his skepticism on the concept of climate change.

Their concerns are backed by nearly 450 former EPA employees, who urged Congress on Monday to reject Pruitt, and current EPA employees in Chicago, who participated in a downtown rally urging the Senate to reject the nomination.

“Our perspective is not partisan,” reads the letter from 447 former EPA employees who have served under Republican and Democratic administrations. “However, every EPA administrator has a fundamental obligation to act in the public’s interest…Mr. Pruitt’s record raises serious questions about whose interests he has served to date and whether he agrees with the long-standing tenets of U.S. environmental law.”

All of this turbulence leaves the EPA and climate regulations in the US in a state of flux. If Pruitt is confirmed as the head of the EPA, it will certainly have far-reaching and impactful

consequences. If he is denied, critics of his industry ties and anti-EPA mindset may get a chance for a more sympathetic candidate.

Americans must decide what they want to be done about climate change, and petition their senators to vote in their interests. They must make a decision; reject Pruitt and maintain the administrative and regulatory power of the EPA, or approve him, and weaken environmental regulations and clean air & water initiatives in exchange for more big business and fossil fuels.

Indivisible…Story by Leah Roth

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The Pledge of Allegiance. Thirty-one historical words we say every morning, but how often do you stop and think about what they mean? We say our nation is indivisible;

I Pledge Allegiance… Students at FBCS gather to salute our American heritage. Photo by: Leah Roth
I Pledge Allegiance… Students at FBCS gather to salute our American heritage. Photo by: Leah Roth

however, the year 2016 saw our country grow more divided than it’s been in a long time. Mostly due to the Presidential race and elections, we have witnessed friendships and families being torn apart by opinions. During times like this, it’s a constant battle between “I should stand up for what I believe in” and “My opinion won’t change anything,” so how do we choose?

According to Mr. Bigley, a high school English teacher here at FBCS, an argument is quote, “An intellectual conversation between two opposing points of view, in which each person is prepared with evidence to support their side of the argument.” There is no name-calling or bias here, merely an exchange of facts. This is where most people go wrong when discussing politics. They are judging or being judged based on a black and white spectrum. “Trump supporters are racist/sexist/stupid,” “People who voted for Hillary are blind feminists,” and many other insulting statements like these have been said without a second thought. However, it’s extremely unfair to group people by what they believe.

“I dreaded my social studies class, because 95% of my fellow students had the opposite opinion of mine, and I would have to sit through their hurtful, blanketed statements about people who believe what I do,” a student said last trimester, during the especially rough weeks leading up to and following the election. Now, with the impending inauguration, political tensions are rising once again. But how can we guard ourselves against the barrage of hate and anger bound to come our way? Set an example. Martin Luther King Jr. once

A War Between Us… We shouldn’t let opinions drive our country apart. Photo by: Leah Roth
A War Between Us… We shouldn’t let opinions drive our country apart. Photo by: Leah Roth

said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Everyone has their own beliefs and opinions, which should be respected, regardless of whether or not you agree with them.

Instead of arguing amongst ourselves, perhaps Americans should look past their differences and come together to celebrate a historic event. “I think that this is a time in which we should all stand together as one,” Geraldo Rivera said in an interview with Fox News (which I would cite, but the video is blocked). So, as we watch the much dreaded and anticipated inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America, let us not grumble about it. We are America, and only united can we stand. Divided, we most certainly will fall.

ISIS Stronghold: Battle of Mosul… Story by Isaac Solly

In Iraq, government forces are continuing on an offensive to retake Mosul, the second largest city in the country. Occupied by ISIS since June of 2014, the city is of great strategic and symbolic importance for either side of the conflict.

In November, ISIS fighters had been forced from the neighborhoods surrounding the city and into street conflict. Advances slowed down from there on, but have been largely successful. The coalition forces vastly outnumber the militants holding the city, yet each side has lost around 2,000 wounded or killed.

On Jan. 14, Iraqi forces retook the university on the eastern bank, which was being used as an ISIS base of operations. This, along with US air strikes disabling the militants supply routes across the Tigris River is building pressure on the east bank defenders—only two

Iraqi Special Forces... A soldier displays his weapon near the recently recaptured Mosul University. Photo By: www.cbc.ca, Ahmed Saad
Iraqi Special Forces... A soldier displays his weapon near the recently recaptured Mosul University. Photo By: www.cbc.ca, Ahmed Saad

bridges are ISIS controlled, and both are somewhat disabled. However, this is sure to stall the offensive well into February in order to merely clear out the east bank of the Tigris.

The offensive is long overdue—it has been over two and a half years since Mosul’s capture. Iraq’s military was severely weakened in 2014, and needed reorganization. Not only this, but the government was forced to prioritize removing the threat to Baghdad, the Iraqi capital. Last June saw the government’s recapture of Fallujah, and gave Iraq the initiative to move on Mosul.

Kurdish “Peshmerga” forces are also in the process of advancing towards Tal Afar, to the west of Mosul. Tal Afar is infamous for staunch supporters of ISIS and the local extremism. These attacks divert ISIS militants from reinforcing Mosul, and essentially cuts off the 50km-wide area from other ISIS held territory. Kurdish military forces are semi-autonomous and act in limited conjunction with other Iraqi troops. Kurds are also backed by the US, and have fought ISIS since August of 2014.

Since mid-October, just over 148,000 civilians have fled their homes in Mosul, and humanitarians warn that number could reach up to a million displaced. There are also sporadic water shortages in parts of eastern Mosul, and widespread trauma cases. The situation is also deteriorating in ISIS controlled western-Mosul and along the corridor to Tal Afar, with food shortages and limited electricity. Over 750,000 civilians are present in these areas.

ISIS has prepared multiple barricades along the entrances to western Mosul, from both the south and on bridgeheads, and also clearing several buildings in order to gain preferable line of sight. There are also staunch pro-ISIS neighborhoods in the western bank,

A Slow Grind... Iraqi forces seize control of bridges and University in east Mosul, but considerable militants remain. Photo By: www.bbc.com, HIS Conflict Monitor
A Slow Grind… Iraqi forces seize control of bridges and University in east Mosul, but considerable militants remain. Photo By: www.bbc.com, HIS Conflict Monitor

and a denser population than the larger east. These factors guarantee a long struggle forwards, and ensure that ISIS is unlikely to be rooted out until mid-spring.

Should Iraq recapture its second most populous city, the problems would not end there. There is still a sharp divide between the Sunni and Shia populations in the country, and Mosul’s liberation would only highlight these internal problems. However, it would immensely diminish ISIS influence in Northwest Iraq, and set up the stage for a final push into ISIS-controlled Syria.

Is Brexit a Dead End? Story by Mack Jastle

A recent lawsuit by three British citizens may upset Brexit’s agreed upon timeline and disrupt the outcome of the decision to leave the EU.  Britain’s High Court ruled in favor of the lawsuit on Thursday, agreeing that Parliament gets a say in the decision to leave the European Union.

Complications…A recent lawsuit by British citizens could disrupt the planned British Exit from the EU.  Photo-by: BBC.com
Complications…A recent lawsuit by British citizens could disrupt the planned British Exit from the EU. Photo-by: BBC.com

This means that Theresa May, the Prime Minister of Britain, can’t trigger the process of leaving the EU on her own; she must first seek approval from Parliament.  This new development comes in the wake of the June 23rd vote to leave the EU, which passed with a 52-48% margin.  In order for the UK to actually leave the EU, it must invoke an agreement called Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would give both sides two years to agree to the terms of the separation.

Prime Minister May has stated that she intends to initiate the process by the end of March 2017, which would put the actual exit from the EU sometime near the end of the summer of 2019.

However, this lawsuit could throw a wrench into that plan.

The suit, filed by Deir Dos Santos, Charlie Mullins, and Gina Miller, (a hairdresser, a plumber, and an investment manager, respectively), challenges the right of Prime Minster May to trigger Article 50 without obtaining backing from the Parliament.  They maintain that only Parliament can make the decision to leave the EU, but clarify that they are not trying to overturn the decision made by the public.

“We are all leavers now,” Miller says to BBC Radio Four.

“It is about any government, any prime minister, in the future being able to take away people’s rights without consulting Parliament,” Miller said.  “We cannot have a democracy like that.  That isn’t a democracy, that is verging on dictatorship,” she continued.

Disarray…Prime Minister Theresa May had planned to begin the steps for leaving the EU by the end of March, but that could change if the Supreme Court upholds the lawsuit.  Photo-by: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press
Disarray…Prime Minister Theresa May had planned to begin the steps for leaving the EU by the end of March, but that could change if the Supreme Court upholds the lawsuit. Photo-by: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

The government has appealed the decision of the High Court to favor the case, and will present their case to the British Supreme Court next month.

If the appeal fails, they will likely have to bring forth an act of Parliament, which would mean getting approval from both the MPs (Members of Parliament), and the House of Lords.  And while the general consensus is that they will ultimately support the decision to leave the EU (based on the results of the June 23rd referendum), involving the full parliamentary process could spur attempts to amend legislation or add in details, further complicating the process.

So while the lawsuit doesn’t seem to be aimed at stopping a British Exit, there are still a formidable amount of obstacles facing the decision.  The exit process will take at least two years and will require authorization from numerous different countries and parliaments.

So no, Brexit isn’t a dead end.  It’s just a really long detour.

Hillary Colludes with the DOJ… Story By Jada Giddings

As its likely well-known by now, Hillary Clinton has previously deleted over thirty-thousand emails from her private server. Last Tuesday, the Trump campaign called out the Department of Justice discharge all of Clinton’s communications between her and her supporters to prove the investigation an overboard situation.

A picture shot during James Comey and Loretta Lynch spoke about Hillary Clinton’s emails, making it obvious that Clinton has been being given a special treatment.
A picture shot during James Comey and Loretta Lynch spoke about Hillary Clinton’s emails, making it obvious that Clinton has been being given a special treatment.

After this took place charge, WikiLeaks hacked and leaked out recent messages. In these hacked emails, DOJ spokesman, Brian Fallon, was found updating processes relating to the investigation relating to Hillary’s emails. “DOJ folks inform me there is a status hearing in this case this morning, so we could have a window into the judge’s thinking about this proposed production schedule as quickly as today,” Brian Fallon sent to Hillary Clinton on May 19th of 2015. Later the same day of the release, Donald Trump’s communication advisor, Jason Miller, said, “Today’s report that Clinton’s campaign was in communication with the Obama Department of Justice on the email investigation shows a level of collusion which calls into question the entire investigation into her private server.”

For having access to Clinton’s emails, the State Department was sued and the litigation soon was in process to determine a date to release the messages. Another matter on hand was the Justice Department putting a criminal probe within Hillary Clinton’s classified materials was irrelevant to the case.

A photo of Hillary Clinton claiming the situation between the DOJ and the leaked videos was ‘colluded.’
A photo of Hillary Clinton claiming the situation between the DOJ and the leaked videos was ‘colluded.’

After the charges from the Trump campaign had been given, James Comey, a director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Loretta Lynch on the behalf of the Department of Justice, had made it obvious that Hillary was being given a ‘special treatment’ considering the two directors of the DOJ continued to spin their story. People below these directors from the Department of Justice now know that Hillary is getting these sudden privileges. By managing to exploit this, James Comey from the FBI is said to have permanently ruined the reputation of the bureau. This has been stated by veteran agents of the FBI. They have also claimed James Comey to be ‘cowardly’ due to neglect to the investigation and mishandlings of evidence through the use private servers.

After the situation, Comey argued that at was a mass of FBI agents’ fault, those of whom were under Comey himself. He stated, “So if I blew it, they blew it too.” This showed that he took no responsibility for his actions. Though, agents claim that Comey basically ‘forced’ the agents into agreeing to basic rules and demands from lawyers that are defending Hillary Clinton as well as her aids. Dennis V. Hughes, a first chief of the computer investigations unit of the FBI, claimed, “In my 25 years with the bureau, I never had any ground rules in my interviews.” This event has shown how the FBI and DOJ are really corrupt and that Hillary is above the law in a sense.